Selling a home can be a long and complex process, and probably one of the most stressful events of our lives; but luckily, Dockside’s guide to selling offers steps and tips you can follow to ensure you clinch a sale.
We are an independent company and our staff are both experienced and professional and are therefore dedicated to maintaining the high standards of service demanded by our clients. 10 Handy hints when looking to sell your home.
Is your home a little old fashioned? It’s worth doing updates in order to ensure you get the best possible price and the potential buyers don’t see things in need of updating that will undermine the value of your property. Consider buying new handles for doors, for instance, which are easy to change and an inexpensive way to give your home a lift. Maybe a fresh lick of paint is required, remembering neutral colours are always the best option. Strong colours can put buyers of straight away and automatically bring pounds signs to their head; some can’t see past old décor or bright colours and can easily be put off completely at the thought of having to redecorate.
There is no shortage of properties for sale in the Medway towns. Ensuring all of these obvious repairs are done will greatly improve your chance of securing an asking price offer on your property. Here are just some of the basics; replace light bulbs, fix leaking guttering, re-fix kitchen doors hanging off, secure loose tiles. One of the most obvious items, which is very easily missed, is flooring. Especially if they are worn or badly stained, replace it. Doesn’t have to be the top of the range carpet, but make sure it looks reasonable and most importantly it’s neutral. If you are after a quick fix, a new rug is definitely a good buy – but don’t expect canny buyers to not be wise to it.
Obvious I know, but so often overlooked. Remember to clean the house from top to bottom, ensuring you don’t miss those cluttered cupboard. Storage is a big thing for most buyers, so expect them to open cupboards and drawers. It goes without saying that the bathroom and Kitchen need to be sparkling. Don’t forget to hide away all the day to day toiletries that no one enjoys looking at (we're talking sanitary towels, deodorants, medicines). Hide away cleaning products, too. Clear surfaces of anything other than good-looking toiletries.
You need to be able to step away from what’s been your home, and see it how potential buyers will. Everyone has different taste, but de-cluttering a property can make the home feel larger, lighter and more welcoming. You only have one chance to impress potential applicants. Be brutal, spend time sorting through those boxes that have been piled up in the spare room for ages and throw away what’s not needed. Distinguish what’s a collectible and what’s clutter. Don’t forget to pack away things like toys and shoes, it’s all important to make it free from cutter to ensure it feels spacious.
De-personalize your house. Take down all those personal touches including family pictures and pack away items that you do not need on show. You want the viewer to be able to imagine themselves living there, not be distracted by your belongings. First impressions count, and you need them to be instantly attracted to the home.
Put together all the documents to do with your property, including any guarantees for repairs, certificates for gas and electrical work or services, council tax bills and any other documentation you have. Your solicitor will ask for these. You will also need to provide proof of identity and of address to your solicitor, so dig out your passport and recent utility bills with names of all owners dated within the last three months. Having these items ready, will enable you to act fast when the offers come in.
Almost everybody loves pets except the people walking through your door. So, while this might be a hard, try to ensure any pets are not around at the time of viewings. You want the house to be the talking point, not the unwanted attention of pets. Try to ensure there are no signs of pets, and no unpleasant or strong smells. Remember, it’s those first impressions that are so important.
Dockside understand that not everyone wants to walk strangers around their home. We accompany all viewings, whether you want to be there or out the way. Whilst this gives us an opportunity to do our part of the job, we always welcome positive comments, including information about schooling or the neighbours. You know the property better than anyone else. We take security very seriously, and ensure appointments are confirmed prior to attending.
Never tell a prospective buyer the price you are willing to accept and never be tempted to accept an offer in your own home, even if it is at your asking price. Politely explain your preference for negotiations to be conducted through your estate agent. Our experienced negotiators are there to assess the potential buyer's financial ability and achieve the best price for you.
While it may seem a positive step, swapping contact details with a prospective client can cause numerous problems down the line. We are here to get you the best possible price, and in order to do so, it is always best to for all communications to come via us. It is what we are here for.
Whilst we hope you find our service professional and friendly, we are always trying to improve the service and would be most grateful to hear of any criticism or comments you may have along the way.
We hope that you have found this guide helpful but please remember we are here to help, so feel free to contact us with any further questions you may have.
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We understand that moving can be a very stressful time. By using Dockside, one of Medway’s leading estate agents, you can be confident that you are in good hands. If you have any questions at all, please ask; we are here to help.